Cultural Intelligence (CQ)
Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is a person’s capability to function effectively in situations characterized by cultural diversity (Ang, Van Dyne, & Koh, 2005; Earley & Ang, 2003; Earley & Mosakowski, 2005).
In today’s increasingly global and diverse work settings, the ability to function effectively in multi-cultural situations is important for employees, managers, and organizations.
Knowledge of your Cultural Intelligence provides insights about your capabilities to cope with multi-cultural situations, engage in cross-cultural interactions appropriately, and perform effectively in culturally diverse work groups .
Knowledge of the Cultural Intelligence of others provides insights about how best to interact with others in multi-cultural situations, engage in cross-cultural interactions appropriately, and perform effectively in culturally diverse work groups.
Contemporary Conceptualizations of Intelligence
Contemporary conceptualizations of intelligence recognize that intelligence is more than cognitive ability (Sternberg & Detterman, 1986).
For example, research recognizes the importance of interpersonal intelligence, emotional intelligence, and social intelligence. Like these other forms of intelligence, CQ complements IQ (cognitive intelligence) by focusing on specific capabilities that are important for high quality personal relationships and effectiveness in culturally diverse settings.